25 Halloween Makeup Looks That Couldn't Be Easier To Pull Off

The countdown to Halloween has begun. While some of us have been planning our epic fits for months, others may still be deliberating on costume choices. As it turns out, last-minute Halloween costume accessories sell out quickly, with everything from fake blood to fishnet tights flying off the shelves this time of year. However, don't start biting your nails –- or werewolf claws –- just yet. There's still time to put together a killer look.

Whether you ran out of time or were invited to a last-minute Halloween party, there's no need to worry about throwing together an eleventh-hour ensemble. The everyday items in your makeup bag can transform you into the costume-worthy creature of your dreams (or nightmares). And if your cosmetic supplies are low, don't fret -– plenty of retailers carry the same theatre makeup products as costume shops during spooky season. Now, ready to see some stunning Halloween looks that are surprisingly simple to achieve?


Make no bones about it: Instagram user @Slae_wrld really slayed this sweet skeleton style, and so can you. For this look, you'll need a white cream shadow or face paint, black cream shadow, black or grey powder eyeshadow, and black pencil eyeliner. NYX Professional Makeup's SFX Face and Body Paint in White Frost is an excellent white cream base for your skeleton's frame. Start by applying your white shadow or face paint to the forehead, upper cheeks, mouth, and chin, blocking out the areas where your sockets and cheek hollows will go.

Next, use your black eyeliner to trace the eye sockets, cheekbones, and teeth. Fill the more prominent areas in with the black cream shadow or paint, and use black eyeliner for the waterline of your eyes. Use black eyeliner to create faint outlines around your eye sockets and cheeks, and blend a touch of black or grey eyeshadow to create soft lowlights. To make sure your makeup lasts all night, don't forget to seal it with translucent setting powder. And for extra protection, finish with a setting spray, like NYX's Makeup Setting Spray in Matte.


Scarecrows are a quintessential part of fall decorating, and honestly? They're pretty cute. Instagram user @Elledejesus created a gorgeous scarecrow face using the same type of products you likely have at home. As long as you can rustle up a flannel shirt or nab one from a friend, you're on your way to becoming this adorable decoy.

To start, apply your base makeup, like foundation and concealer, as you usually would. Sweep bronzer just under your cheekbones and along your temples and jawline. Using a neutral eyeshadow palette, opt for bronze or copper shades for your lids. For cheeks, a brown cream blush or face paint works well to create exaggerated blush circles. You can use shadow or cream blush to adorn your nose with a small, upright teardrop shape. Try a semi-matte lip color in a neutral shade for the lips.

For the finishing touches, you'll need black graphic eyeliner or black face paint and a fine makeup brush. Maybelline's Eye Studio Master Graphic Liquid Eyeliner in Striking Black is perfect for the task. Use the liner to draw "stitches" around your mouth, the tip of your nose, and the edges of your eyebrows. Finish with your favorite setting product, and voilà! You're now eligible to start scaring (or befriending) your local murder of crows.


Although jack-o-lanterns are more or less the epitome of Halloween, it can be difficult to dress as one without resembling a toddler in a leaf bag. However, with just a few products, Instagram user Lianastonemakeup paid tribute to everyone's favorite Halloween symbol with this stunning interpretation. Ready to give fellow party-goers pumpkin to talk about?

You'll need three main products to achieve pumpkin perfection: black liquid eyeliner, bright orange eyeshadow or pigment, and optional light, yellow-orange eyeshadow. If you don't have a vivid orange shadow, try the Neon Eyeshadow Powder Set from Findinbeauty. Start by prepping your skin with tinted moisturizer or foundation. Next, use a small eyeshadow brush to sketch the lines of your pumpkin, starting with the yellow-orange shade first if you've chosen to include it. Darken these lines with your neon orange eyeshadow or pigment. Use your black liquid eyeliner to define the lines of the Jack-O-Lantern face, and don't be afraid to get creative with the shape of your eyes and mouth. To close the lid on this lantern, apply some black mascara and lightly mist your face with makeup setting spray.


Whether you're more into "Dracula" or "Twilight," chances are you've got a favorite vampire. While there are many to choose from, we love Instagram user @Petitrevex's twist on the classic vampire look. Best of all, it's easy to capture it for yourself.

Here's what you'll need: black liquid eyeliner, blush, and black lipgloss. To replicate the pink heart details, you need water-activated face paint, like Snazaroo's Pale Pink Classic Face Paint. If you want to hide your eyebrows, use a washable glue stick –- just let the coats dry between applications and seal with concealer. Apply blush to the temples, cheekbones, and the tip of your nose. Using your black liquid eyeliner or water-activated face paint, draw hearts above your eyes and batwings extending from the outer corners. The wings can be as simple or complex as you'd like. From there, swipe on some black lip color.

Every vampire needs their fangs, and you'll want to use white water-activated face paint for yours -– but be careful, as they're apt to smudge or disappear. That said, remember to take a photo of your look before you leave for the party. Finally, for the pink heart details, use a fine-lined brush to apply your pink water-based face paint. To achieve the best consistency for your face paint, only add a drop or two of water at a time; otherwise, it will run.


For this witchy makeup, you don't have to douse yourself in ghoulish green face paint. Instagrammer @Angelacosainmakeup's contemporary spin on a Halloween standard proves that witches can be glamorous, too. There's only one special product in this look, and it's your choice to include it. Fake gems like the ones used by Angela aren't typically something we keep stashed in our makeup bag, but they're easy enough to find. For instance, try the Self-Adhesive Rhinestone Stickers from Himoc.

Start by applying your foundation, and opt for an orange or red-hued blush for the apples of your cheeks. Next, add some blush and highlight to your nose, and stipple with a brown eyeliner pencil or freckle pen to create the illusion of freckles. To get entrancing eyes, use red eyeshadow for your lids and black eyeliner to exaggerate the inner corners. Now, find your favorite liquid black eyeliner and draw a vertical line directly underneath each eye, about one inch in length. Repeat underneath your lower lip, and outline a crescent moon shape in the center of your forehead. Fill in the moon with black eyeliner and draw a small beauty mark on your chin. Lastly, fill in the lips with black or dark berry-colored lipstick.


If you're determined to terrify your friends this Halloween, Chucky is an obvious costume choice. Don't let his scars deter you -– Instagram user @Luciepeachmakeup came up with some spectacular Chucky makeup that requires no special effects.

Fortunately for you, this look is child's play. You'll need a couple of products to work with, starting with a black liquid eyeliner or water-activated black face paint. Begin by applying your everyday base makeup to your face, and grab a brown pencil eyeliner or freckle pen to create smatterings of freckles. To achieve the 3D appearance of Chucky's scars, you'll need a liquid concealer slightly lighter than your foundation shade. For the sharpest lines on your scars, procure some detail brushes -– the Detail Paint Brush Set by Oyaol offers a good assortment.

Use your black liquid eyeliner to draw scars along your face, and add highlights with your concealer or face paint. Then, take a detail brush and blend red and black eyeshadow along the edges for shadows. With red eyeshadow, sketch out a black eye. Next, fill the black eye in with black eyeshadow, and blend it into the red outline with a fluffy brush. Now, get out there and make some friends 'til the end!

Wednesday Addams

It's easy to be Wednesday Addams for Halloween -– all you need are some braids, a Peter Pan collar, and a bit of your regular makeup. Instagrammer @Rinny3honey even incorporated some bursts of purple in her version of Wednesday Addams look, and the results are jaw-dropping.

To get Wednesday's look, start by applying foundation and concealer. Next, use a primer for your shadow. We recommend Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Take a purple eyeshadow and apply it on your eyes' inner and outer corners. With a black cream eyeshadow, fill in the center of your eyelids and blend into the purple edges. Dab a purple glitter, like NYX's Face & Body Glitter in Violet, atop the black shadow. Using a cotton swab, place a small amount of glitter toward the inner corners of your eyes. Finally, add some highlight to your cheeks and nose, and swipe on matte black lipstick. Oh, and one more thing -– don't forget to scowl!

The Joker

The Joker has had his share of makeovers, but a few key features make this sad clown instantly recognizable. Instagrammer Lmhill___mua patched together pieces of Jokers from across the decades for her incredible take on the supervillain.

As the Joker has a clownish complexion, don't be afraid to swap your regular foundation for a lighter shade or use white face paint for your base makeup. Cover your eyebrows with concealer or eyeshadow primer, and fill them with green eyeshadow. Next, line your waterline with black eyeliner and dust purple eyeshadow on your eyelids and just above your right eyebrow.

Here's the fun part: use black eyeliner to draw "haha"'s around each eye and the harlequin diamonds on your right. Blend black eyeshadow into the center of your eyelids, smoking out to produce a cat-eye effect, and blend a little under your lower lash line. Use a red lipliner, like the NYX Mechanical Lip Liner in Dark Red, to trace the Joker's creepy red smile. Fill in with red lipliner or lipstick and use your finger to craft his signature disheveled smudge. Now, who's laughing?

Domino from Deadpool 2

"Deadpool 2" wouldn't be the same without Domino, and her makeup is a cinch for fans to mimic. Take a peek at Instagram user @TrulyCosmic, who showed off her skills with a marvelous Domino cosplay.

In order to copy Domino's look, you won't need much in the way of products. The most critical piece is an opaque white eyeliner and a white cream concealer or face paint. Try NYX Mechanical Eyeliner Pencil in white for your pencil eyeliner, and the e.l.f. 16HR Camo Concealer in White for your concealer. Start with a natural-finish foundation, and lightly apply black eyeliner to your waterline. For Domino's signature feature, use the white pencil eyeliner to trace the mark around your eye and fill it with white concealer or face paint. To keep everything in line, set the mark with translucent setting powder to ensure your lines stay crisp. If you want to go the extra mile and emulate Domino's heterochromia, you can even try asking your optometrist for a sample colored contact lens to wear.


Who doesn't love Elvira, "Mistress of the Dark"? Instagrammer @Saskya_cherry reimagined the queen of Halloween's trademark look beautifully and even included their festive feline friend. Elvira's wig is part of her charm, but you can tease or style your hair in a beehive shape to imitate the look on the fly.

To get started, apply your foundation and eyeshadow primer. Next, dust a vibrant blue eyeshadow onto the center of your eyelids, and blend it vertically, so it sits just above the arch of your eyebrows. After you've applied the blue, blend fuchsia eyeshadow along both sides of your eyes and above your eyebrows. If you don't own a good fuchsia shadow, Nars' Single Eyeshadow in Fatale is a perfect shade for the job. 

Once you've finished the shadow, use dark purple eyeliner to create a single line along the crease of each eye. With white eyeliner, draw a small diamond shape to exaggerate the inner corners of your lower eye. Grab a black liquid eyeliner to outline the diamonds and fill in Elvira-esque fake lashes on your upper lids. Add a beauty mark with the same black liner under your right eye. To complete the look, sweep on some hot pink blush and finish with red lipstick.


When faced with a last-minute costume dilemma, many of us have turned to a trusty standby: the kitty cat. Yes, you can use a stick of black eyeliner to forge a nose and whiskers in no time, but why not change it up this year? Take inspiration from Instagrammer @Lildoseofrose, who crafted fierce cat makeup using a black and orange Halloween color palette.

Ready to get your claws out? Here's how. You can use a washable glue stick to hide your eyebrows. In good ole drag queen fashion, just apply a few thin coats of glue and let them dry before covering them with concealer. After prepping your face, apply a neutral eyeshadow primer. Using an orange shadow, create two oval shapes around each eye and fill them in. If you'd like, you can use a darker orange shade to add some contrast to the center of your lids. Try a rust-colored shadow like Colourpop's Pressed Pigment in Cannonball. With that done, line your eyes with black eyeliner in a cat-eye shape, and pop on some false eyelashes or heavy mascara. Draw stars and whiskers on your cheeks, and add black eyeliner or face paint to the tip of your nose. For lips, use a jet-black lipliner and matching gloss. Makeup Revolution's Lip Contour Kit in Midnight Kiss comes with both. Me-ow!


Not much of a cat person? Ruff. But that means you just might appreciate this precious puppy makeup instead. That's right: just check out Instagram user @Sioux_you's playful pup design for a hint of inspiration. We're betting you'll be everyone's best friend if you rock this look for your Halloween paw-ty.

For Dalmatian-style "fur," try a cream makeup base like Mehron's Face Paint Makeup in Clown White. Dust a light application of peachy blush to the apples of your cheeks. Next, apply water-activated black face paint to create patches using a medium-sized brush or a small piece of sponge. Using the same black face paint, take a detail brush to draw your puppy's nose and mouth. Apply black eyeliner to your eyes' waterline, and add false eyelashes for extra drama. For quick DIY puppy ears, you can fashion some out of construction paper and affix them to a headband using tape or glue.


Want to stand out from the pack this Halloween? Try a dazzling zebra design like Instagrammer @Leyshir_'s. And if you really want to bribe the costume contest judges, bring a few packs of everyone's favorite zebra-themed candy: Fruit Stripe gum.

Ready to earn your stripes? After priming, apply a white powder, like Mehron's Makeup Setting Powder in Ultra White, to the cheeks, temples, and crown. Take your favorite blush or bronzer and gently blend it into the cheeks to create definition. You can use black eyeliner for your zebra stripes or try black face paint, like Mehron's Paradise Makeup AQ in Black. Sketch the outlines of stripes on your cheekbones and crown using an angled makeup brush. Lastly, fill the stripes with black face paint and apply a neutral-colored gloss to the lips. If you plan on galloping around town for Halloween, use a makeup setting spray to lock in your new "coat."


Small but mighty, the bat is one of the most ubiquitous creatures in Halloween lore. These little guys make exceptional costumes for those who appreciate the color black and dolman sleeves. Instagram user @Mariaburkemakeup created a bat look that's as striking as it is simple, using only two products for most of the design.

If your sights are set on being batty, start with base makeup, and place a bit of bronzer on your cheekbones. Prep your eye area with your favorite primer and a light application of pearl-colored eyeshadow, leaving space on your lash line, crease, and corners of your eyes. When you apply too much shadow, your eyeliner can get muddled in its dust.

You'll want to use high-performance liquid eyeliner for your bat wings, like Kat Von D's Tattoo Eyeliner in Trooper Black. With your eyeliner, sketch bat wings underneath your eyes and around the outer corners. Don't worry about your skill level – you can make them as basic or as complex as you'd like. From there, add a touch of velvety black lipstick, like the Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick by Sephora in the shade Night Bird. Lastly, brush on a bit of highlighter and con-bat-ulations -– you look fang-tastic!


Though these unlikely farm animals helped launch Doja Cat into the limelight, cows aren't often associated with glitz and glam. But Instagrammer @Larachaves_makeup shows that it's possible to be quite the moo-ving vision this Halloween with their elegant cow makeup. And lucky for you, it's easy to grab this look by the horns.

First, grab a white cream-based face paint and apply it with a beauty blender or sponge, leaving space for your soon-to-be cow spots. Next, gently dust a pale pink blush across your cheeks and the tip of your nose. Use black eyeliner to map out your patches, and fill in with black face paint. After you've finished with that, blend some sky blue eyeshadow onto your right eyelid, like Colourpop's Pressed Powder Shadow in Lost and Found. You can apply false eyelashes for an added dose of drama if you'd like. For lips, try satin finish lipstick in a soft coral or peach shade. To make sure your spots don't mosey off throughout the night, lightly mist your face with a long-lasting setting spray.

Space Oddity

No, we're not talking about David Bowie — although it's easy to paint a lightning bolt on your face if you'd like to dress up as him. This intergalactic makeup is suggestive of all things beyond our planet, and Instagram user @B_dockk nailed it with her cosmic chic concept.

You'll want to start with a cream-based face paint palette, like CCBeauty's Professional Face Paint Makeup. Using a sponge, blend pink and blue for a purple shade and apply to your entire face. For added shine, you can mix in a touch of silver paint to highlight the forehead, nose, and chin. Take a fluffy eyeshadow brush and dust a pink shade to the inner and outer corners of your lower brow. Next, fill the center of your eyelids with teal eyeshadow, and swirl some of it onto your cheekbones. To make your eyes pop, grab a white eyeliner pencil and define the upper and lower lashlines, then dot freckles across your cheeks and nose. If you want holographic lips, apply a matte magenta lipstick and coat it with an iridescent gloss, like Stila's Beauty Boss Lip Gloss in Blue Sky. Lastly, apply black mascara or stick on some false eyelashes.


Maybe you're on the shy side. You find it easier to befriend animals at parties than their human counterparts. If any of this applies to you, think outside the box this Halloween and try being a mime. Instagrammer @Aztec_buttercup showed us that you only need a few colors to mimic this quiet clown's aesthetic.

No mime's complete without their mask, so use white face paint to cover up from under your hairline to the base of your jaw. Next, use a fluffy brush to blend a soft grey eyeshadow into the creases of your eyes. Try Sephora's Colorful Eyeshadow in Hurricane Wave if you need a suitable shade. With a powder brush, buff a candy pink blush into your cheeks in a circular shape. Using a black pencil eyeliner, draw in some emotive skinny brows. Grab a black liquid eyeliner to sketch a harlequin diamond over your right eye and four "lashes" beneath your left. Finally, swipe on some black lipstick, and add false eyelashes or volumizing mascara. Just don't forget to brush up on your pantomiming skills ahead of Halloween.


Even if you're not a fan of horror films or the "I like turtles" meme, you can't go wrong with a tried and true zombie costume. Plus, looking undead has never been cuter with Instagram user @Natynat_.makeup's ghoulish makeup design.

Monster makeup can be challenging, but nearly everything you need for this look is in Pillyballa's Halloween SFX Makeup Kit. Start by sponging white paint over most of your face, carefully leaving the eye and mouth area untouched. Next, apply some pink tint to your eyelids and blend some yellow and green paint to make an olive color. Brush the olive shade just beneath your eyes, and mix a tiny amount of black paint into the cheekbones for a grey contour. Dab a bit of purple face paint on the forehead for some bruise-colored splotches.

Moving onto the eyes, use a fluffy makeup brush to dust black powder eyeshadow under your inner brow and the corners of your lower lids. For gore, sponge some fake blood on both sides of your forehead and beneath the eyes. Add a drop of blood under each nostril, and dab a bit onto your lower lip. Finish with white mascara on the outer edges of your lashes, and try to control any sudden cravings for brains.

Ventriloquist Dummy

Puppets can be cute, like Kermit the Frog, or terrifying, like Billy from "Saw." Dummies have the potential to be either, but Instagrammer @Anniyah_the_fairygodmua's ventriloquist doll makeup is downright gorgeous.

Here's how to carve out a dummy look of your own. First, prep your face and highlight the apples of your cheeks generously with a pink blush, like Physicians Formula's Happy Booster Blush in Rose. Next, use a neutral shimmer highlight to accentuate the tip of your nose. Take an angled brush dipped in dark grey eyeshadow to draw lines underneath the cheeks and on either side of your chin. From there, sketch a "broken socket" around your left eye with black eyeliner. Smudge some black eyeliner along the lash line of your right eye, and fill your left eye's "socket" with black face paint. For a playful look, use black face paint or eyeliner to give your right eyebrow an exaggerated arch. Top it off with red lipstick and some false eyelashes.


If you're already on Santa's bad list this year, what's one more infraction? Devils are known for their mischievous nature, and Instagram user @Chloejasmine_makeupartistry shows they can look deceivingly good.

To sport devilish good looks of your own, start by applying eye primer and sweeping some red eyeshadow into the creases of your eyes. Using a small shadow brush, create a v-shape at the outer corners of your eyes with black eyeshadow. Next, apply black mascara or, if desired, fake eyelashes. Line the corners of your lips using black lipliner, and fill them with matte red lipstick. The devil is in the details, so use sanguine face paint, like Mehron's Paradise Makeup AQ in Red, to produce three blood drips beneath each eye. Need emergency horns? Don't worry: you can tape or glue cardboard cutouts to barrettes or a headband.

Flower Child

Old souls and avid gardeners alike will appreciate this retro-inspired floral makeup for Halloween. Instagrammer @wine_princess_ looks fresh as a daisy in their flower child makeup, and it's a snap to wear.

To plant the seeds for this look, start with a teal graphic eyeliner, like Juvia's Place's Liquid Liner in Aqua. Make a cat-eye shape that gradually thickens toward the outer corners of your eyes, and clean any stray marks with a damp cotton swab. Use a white liquid liner to place small flower petals around your eyelids. You can use a yellow liquid liner for the center of each flower or dab on some yellow shadow with a detail brush. Once you've finished your flowers, swipe on some black mascara. Though this look is minimalist in nature, you can enhance it by wearing your favorite floral fragrance and sporting some real or faux flowers in your hair.

Violet Beauregarde

Anyone who's seen "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" remembers the ill-fated character Violet Beauregarde. While her personality may have been lacking, her "turning blue" costume concept is as sweet as sugar. Instagram user @Simplymsfrizz showed off this gorgeous Violet makeup idea that's perfected by an easily acquirable prop — bubblegum.

Once you've secured your chewing gum and perfected bubble blowing, you can start working on your new blue complexion. Simply apply your favorite foundation and blush to set the stage for this look. Next, grab cream-based purple face paint, like Mehron's CreamBlend Stick in Purple. Use a beauty blender or makeup sponge to smooth the color onto your nose, and blend it outwards for a gradient effect. Finally, use a blush brush to swirl on some lilac highlights, like r.e.m. beauty's Interstellar Highlighter Topper in Miss Neptune. If you're feeling extra, dust some purple shadow on your eyes and pop on a pair of falsies. All set!


Want to "Rock and Roll All Nite" this Halloween? We've got just the makeup idea for you. Paul Stanley, better known as the Starchild from the band Kiss, has one of the band's easiest masks to paint. We really love this look from Instagram user @Alinemxx, who drove us wild with her portrayal of the iconic guitarist.

You'll only need a handful of products to master the Starchild's makeup. Begin with white cream face paint to create a mask starting just under your hairline, and leave your lips untouched. Carve out a large star shape around your right eye and leave this section empty for now. If you make a mistake, use a cotton swab or makeup removing wipe to clean up any errant lines.

Using a black pencil eyeliner, like Rimmel's Scandaleyes Pencil, begin tracing the star over your right eye and fill it with black face paint. Once you've finished, tighten your lash line area with black eyeliner and mascara, and don't forget to line your left eye. Add definition to the left eyebrow with a touch of black face paint to create an angular shape. Although there's little known about Paul's trademark shade of red lipstick, we think Ben Nye's Lipstick in True Red is a Kiss-worthy color to try.

Betty Boop

Betty Boop was one of the first glamour girls in the world of cartoons, and she makes for a super cute Halloween costume. Just look at Instagram user @Kimberlyccervantes' stellar take on Betty Boop's makeup for inspiration.

Ms. Boop's most prominent features are her eyes and lips. After applying eye primer, carve out eyebrows with concealer and pat a cream-colored shadow onto the center of your lids. Next, blend a taupe eyeshadow shade into the crease of both eyes. From there, use opaque white eyeliner on the lower waterline. After that, apply a thin line of black eyeliner to your lashline and a generous coat of black mascara to your lashes. Highlight your cheeks and the tip of your nose with a light dusting of blush in a peachy color, like Milani's Baked Blush in Dolce Pink. For Betty Boop's iconic red pout, use a ruby red lipliner and semi-matte lipstick.

Clawdeen Wolf

If you're a fan of Monster High Dolls, you'll love this hair-raising costume idea. Instagrammer @Stillnoyb brought the line to life with her Clawdeen Wolf cosplay, and it's the perfect blend of creepy and cute.

Clawdeen's really no different than any other girl (or weregirl), so you won't have to invest in new makeup. After applying your regular foundation, use black liquid eyeliner to trace a double cat-eye on the outer corners of your eyes. Next, extend the liner toward the inner corners of your eyes for an elongated effect. Highlight your nose and cheeks, and add a touch of shimmer just beneath your eyes. For Clawdeen's lips, use a deep plum or berry shade with a bit of shine. For instance, Haus Laboratories' Le Riot Lip Gloss in Scream is a good pick. If you don't have time to find werewolf ears, you can glue or pin some felt or foam wolf ears to a headband for a similar effect. Happy Howl-o-ween!